In 2013, former Valve engineer Jeri Ellsworth used an idea for projection-based AR glasses from her prior employment and built a company called Technical Illusions, which would then become castAR. Despite early success, including a $ 15 million invest…
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Samsung hasn’t had a huge IFA 2019 (they rarely do) but they did talk about the relaunch of the Galaxy Fold. Aside from that, they’ve been pretty quiet. The might take home the award for weirdest announcement after this one, though. A new feature called SoftPOS aims to turn your Samsung smartphone or tablet into […]
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Google Fit does an excellent job of tracking all of your fitness goals, but one understated element of your daily health is how well you’re sleeping. If you have compatible apps and accessories you can pretty easily track your sleep by linking those things to Google Fit, but Google wants to take that a bit […]
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The Galaxy Fold, despite struggling to actually enter the market, shows a ton of promise for smartphone design. It would allow phones to have much larger screens without significantly increasing the size of the phone in your pocket, and there are some pretty serious productivity implications there. And what better giant, productivity-focused phone to take […]
Come comment on this article: Looks like Samsung eventually wants to merge the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Note lines
Facebook has made many major acquisitions over the years, with Instagram and WhatsApp being two of the most notable integrations. Up to this point, though, all of those services and platforms have been almost totally separate, but it looks like that might be changing in the future. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly wants to have users from […]
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Just in time for the start of the playoffs, the NFL has released a new skill for Amazon Alexa devices. "A Rookie's Guide to the NFL" will guide fans and folks who are new to the game through the 2019 postseason, with information about teams, rules, p…
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A year since its pledge to go all-electric, General Motors wants its counterparts to follow suit. The automaker is calling on the US government to start a nationwide zero emissions vehicle (NZEV) program. Its ambitious plan — submitted to the the En…
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Razer is taking another stab at the gaming market with the aptly named Razer Phone 2, offering unparalleled performance, a high-refresh rate display, and a gamer-y aesthetic in a pretty slick package. This isn’t a major redesign from last year’s phone, but there are a few things worth mentioning. Gaming powerhouse The Razer Phone […]
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Twitter doesn't only want to be more transparent about the toxic content on its site, it also wants to be more proactive about removing it altogether. Speaking to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce today, as part of a hearing titled "Twitter:…
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Bluetooth audio on smartphones and other gadgets still really isn’t perfect; the audio quality has gotten much better recently, but it still can’t touch the quality of wired headphones, and I feel like we don’t even need to mention the potential for connection issues. Qualcomm originally created AptX as a means to make Bluetooth audio […]
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Microsoft offers their own movie and television show store on Windows 10, which is really useful for anyone that relies primarily on their PC for entertainment. It’s great for anyone in Microsoft’s ecosystem, but considering just how dead Windows Phone is, that’s a pretty limited platform right now. Microsoft knows that, and Microsoft wants to […]
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Appy Pie is known for helping customers and clients build applications without actually knowing how to code. While that’s not great for something incredibly specific and complex, for tons of businesses and users something simple without a ton of effort involved is perfect. But now they’re expanding that app building mojo even further with a […]
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Last year, Huawei managed to ship around 150 million phones globally. That’s really good and confirmed Huawei as one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers on the planet. But you can’t keep growing as a company by shipping the same amount of phones every year, so what’s the next goal for Huawei? Try 200 million. Don’t forget to […]
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Biometric security has been evolving pretty rapidly over the past few years, especially with Samsung debuting their version of iris scanning on the Galaxy Note 7 and following through with the Galaxy S8 and now Galaxy S9. It hasn’t completely replaced the fingerprint scanner as the default biometric lock screen, but we’re moving in that […]
Come comment on this article: Google wants native support for iris scanning in Android
If you've ever wanted to make your own comic but don't quite have the skills to draw one, Marvel and Tap Tap Comics have a solution. Called Marvel: Create Your Own, the new app will let you choose a Marvel character, pose them on various backgrounds…
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Alexa could soon be coming to work with you. At Amazon's annual re:Invent conference, the company revealed its plans to make the voice-activated virtual assistant office-friendly with an Alexa for Business platform, which will come with specific skil…
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SpaceX CEO and founder Elon Musk tweets his plan to reuse parts of the Falcon 9 rocket for future flights to test before the rocket debuts this summer, despite low odds of success.
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HTC has launched the U Ultra and U Play, two stunning phones covered in shimmering, shiny glass, and equipped with Sense Companion, the company’s first AI assistant. Here’s everything you need to know.
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Adult “live cams” company SodaCam thinks it has figured out the future of the adult entertainment industry. The answer? Live virtual reality with a smell-o-vision gas mask, apparently.
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Sonos was previously the king of a pretty uncontested market. They made premium WiFi speaker systems that were a little more efficient than Bluetooth speakers, and they made their equipment compatible with as many things as possible. So far that’s been a pretty successful strategy, but with the rise of other “smart” speakers like Alexa, […]
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BAE Systems’ Laser Developed Atmospheric Lens (LDAL) project plans to temporarily and reversibly alter the Earth’s atmosphere to turn it into a range of different optic tools. Energy deflector shields, here we come!
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An application filed with the Federal Communications Commission reveals that SpaceX wants to launch a fleet of satellites for global gigabit Wi-Fi. The service would first launch in the U.S., and go global once all satellites are in orbit.
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Samsung has acquired a Rich Communications Services business from NewNet, essentially allowing the company to make text messaging a lot more like using Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp.
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Getting fit isn’t just about tracking your activity — it’s also about eating right and getting the right nutrients. That’s why Styr Labs has introduced a fitness tracking ecosystem, complete with a tracker, scale, and supplements.
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Uber says it’s interested in launching a city-based air service to give riders access to faster modes of transport. But instead of using a good ol’ fashioned helicopter, it wants to develop a much quieter machine that can fly autonomously.
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Earlier this week, Braigo Labs launched a beta version of its service aimed at helping the visually impaired and blind recognize text on images. It’s the first release of a larger overall platform aimed at making the web more accessible.
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Google has announced Assistant, a chatbot-like digital assistant that will be integrated into other services and products, like Google Home, and Allo, a new messaging app from the search giant.
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AT&T has the perfect solution to LTE congestion at concerts: a hovering network of drones overhead. It also intends to experiment with drones in emergency response scenarios.
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Google has launched an update to its search engine designed to make traveling cheaper and help users find deals on both hotels and flights. For example, users can now be notified when a hotel fare drops below the norm.
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It didn't take long for Apple to respond to Spotify's claim that it's using App Store approvals a way to handle competitors. In a letter obtained by BuzzFeed, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell described the allegation as "troubling" and that Spotify…
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To help preserve Earth, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos believes all heavy industry should be moved to space while the globe should be zoned strictly for residential and light industrial uses.
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Over the course of his presidency, Barack Obama has made clear his dedication to STEM education. Now, the leader is proving just how much faith he has in the innovative minds of America’s posterity by forming the Kids Science Advisors.
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Meet 99check, described as “a simple utility for on-demand, selfie-based location-sharing between parents and kids.” With nothing more than a selfie, the smartphone-obsessed generation will be able to put their parents at ease.
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Lingohop is a new language-learning platform that launched on Kickstarter. It works through four-minute lessons based on topics you choose, and aims to teach you a language through relevant conversations you want to have.
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Lockheed Martin is bringing STEM education to the next level with its new Generation Beyond program, a national education initiative aimed at bringing “the science of space into thousands of homes and classrooms across America.”
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Acer’s latest tablet is the Iconia Tab 10, a 10-inch machine that’s made for watching movies, or connecting up to another display as a streaming entertainment hub. Here’s what you need to know about it.
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When Facebook bought Oculus two years ago, many thought the combination was odd. Facebook is a social network, while Oculus makes virtual reality headsets. The two didn't seem to go together. Well, at F8, Facebook's Developer Conference, we might hav…
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It looks like LG has hit a brick wall trying to bring some useful G5 modules to market, especially since half of them won’t even see a global release. So what’s the next logical step? Get someone else to give you ideas!
That’s what I’m taking away from LG’s cordial invite for their developer event on April 15th. It’s technically an open invitation for developers to figure out how to make use of the hardware and software development kits to make their own modules for the phone.
There’s also a marketplace opening up for users to download apps and buy products for the modular G5 that are made by third-parties, which goes live on April 18th.
I don’t think third-party support here is a bad thing. It’s crucial for any developing hardware/software ecosystem, obviously, which is clear when you look at Google’s own app store, or Samsung’s SDK for their S-Pen or fingerprint scanner. The difference here is that LG hasn’t done anything to show off how cool these modules can be. We’ve gotten an extra battery, a camera button with a battery in it, and the DAC that’s likely never going to see the light of day in most countries where LG needs the help.
So if LG can’t think of any good uses for these modules, and they can’t practically release anything that is cool, what do they expect other people to do? And we aren’t talking about Apple or Samsung here, both of which can release any kind of platform and have users and developers flock to it because of the name brand. We’re talking about LG, who is struggling to maintain solid marketshare against other Android OEMs, with the G5 that’s not faring all that well against the mighty Galaxy S7.
This idea seems half-baked, like the modules themselves. Which sucks for the most innovative idea we’ve seen out of a smartphone this year.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — LG Electronics (LG) has opened up the new LG G5, inviting developers to reimagine the possibilities for the modular design smartphone and companion devices. At its fourth annual LG Developer Event, hosted on April 15 in San Francisco, attendees will learn how they can develop apps and hardware compatible with the award winning LG G5. In advance of the event, LG has also launched its new software development kit (SDK) and hardware development kit (HDK).
To help developers monetize the LG G5 companion devices they create, LG will soon be launching a new market place () as well. The online destination will further support developers, allowing them to sell their compatible products and content directly to consumers.
“The potential of the industry changing LG G5 and the concept of Friends are limitless. Now we want to give everyone a chance to apply their talent and imagination in developing their own apps and Friends for the LG G5,” said Dr. Ramchan Woo, Vice President, Smartphone Product Planning at LG Electronics. “We believe that by giving developers the same tools that inspired us from LG G5’s inception, we’re going to see innovations ranging from toys to medical tools to things we haven’t even thought of ourselves.”
The Friday evening event will be emceed by Mario Tapia – mobile industry pundit – and will include keynote presentations from LG executives involved in LG G5’s product development, SDK and HDK partners, technical demonstrations and breakout sessions. Developers will also learn how to create their own camera control apps for the new LG 360 CAM and LG 360 VR viewer and also learn more about Google’s Open Spherical Camera API.
Registration is now open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Marshmallow fans and Android developers rejoice – those in attendance will receive a sweet, picture-perfect surprise. To register and learn more about the event and LG’s Developer Program, please visit:.
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According to sources, AT&T might be developing its own smartphone. The carrier could be looking for ZTE to manufacture it and it would feature a forked version of Android developed by Cyanogen
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Oppo has announced the R9 and R9 Plus, two phones aimed squarely at generation selfie. Why? The front camera has 16-megapixels, an f/2.0 aperture, plenty of software tweaks, and a wide-angle lens. It’s even superior to the rear camera.
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South Korean cloning expert Dr. Hwang Woo-Suk recently traveled to the Yakutian Academy of Sciences to retrieve samples of a 12,000-year-old cave lion in hopes of successfully resurrecting the now-extinct animal.
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Architect Vasiliy Klyukin took to his blog this week to reveal the ambitious details of constructing a snake-like skyscraper in China or Japan. Though just a batch of renderings, the building would resemble a standing cobra.
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Named after Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which grants the right to privacy, this Zurich company wants to replace Blackberry. Article12 has contracted a manufacturer to provide its secure operating system on a secure device.
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In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on, in fact, that it’s almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories.
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While talking at the 2016 Startmeup Hong Kong Venture Forum, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he wants to travel to the International Space Station by 2021 and that he intends to send astronauts on a mission to Mars by 2025.
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Elliptic Labs unveiled its Beauty ultrasound proximity sensor technology that will let you control your phone via hand gestures, without the need for optical proximity sensors found in most smartphones today.
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Mood rings have always been a gimmicky fad, but there might be a wearable on the way that can actually track your emotions — and it doesn’t change color. The Feel wristband tracks bio-signals to describe your emotional state, even stress.
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Even as you drive (rather than walk, run, or bike) from Point A to Point B, you can still keep track of your fitness levels, and it’s all thanks to the Audi Fit Driver, which debuted in the U.S. at CES 2016.
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ZTE has opened the Z-Community, where it hopes fans will come and talk about the company’s hardware, and share ideas on what they’d like to see on future devices. It’s offering exclusive bonuses in return.